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Co-authorship of systematic reviews

SVHM staff planning to publish a systematic review can apply for a research librarian to co-author. Please note that due to staffing limitations and the significant time commitment required for a systematic review we are not able to accept all requests. Review teams need to include at least two other authors and to demonstrate a serious commitment to publish following the PRISMA guidelines. A senior member of staff will generally be involved.

Please note that we are unable to design search strategies or co-author in situations where staff are expected to do that themselves for study purposes. In those situations we can offer tutorials in literature searching, recording search methodology and Endnote. We can also offer access to Covidence systematic review software and tips on how to use it.

The librarian's role as co-author in a systematic review includes:

  • initial consultation with the review team around the subject matter and the librarian's expected role in the paper
  • brief scoping searches to identify relevant key terms, subject headings, textwords and phrases
  • identification of search terms through text mining programs such as Yale MeSH Analyser & Pubmed PubReMiner (where appropriate)
  • consultation with topic experts to confirm definitions and search parameters
  • development and refinement of initial search strategy for Ovid Medline
  • confirmation of Medline search strategy with topic experts
  • translation of Medline search strategy to other relevant databases such as Emcare, CINAHL, PsycINFO, Embase and the Cochrane Library
  • running searches in appropriate databases
  • recording databases searched, detailed search strategies, date of last search and number of results
  • export of search results to Endnote
  • removal of duplicate citations in Endnote
  • provision of deduped citations in a compressed Endnote library
  • initial draft of PRISMA flowchart including search results
  • access to Covidence systematic review software
  • advice on using Covidence
  • uploading results to Covidence
  • answering queries re search methodology
  • teaching team members/research assistants how to source full text articles for full text review stage (please note that library staff do not have the capacity to source large numbers of full text articles for a review due to staffing and time limitations)
  • updating searches on request
  • writing search methodology for publication
  • proofreading drafts and providing feedback
  • response to reviewers as appropriate
  • other relevant consultations with the research team in accordance with the librarian's expertise

Dependent on the topic expertise of the librarian and time commitments, there may also be some ability to take part in other stages of the review such as inclusion/exclusion on title and abstract, but this would need to be negotiated.

Published systematic reviews

Published reviews co-authored by library staff:

  • Hanratty, D., Kilicaslan, J., Wilding, H., & Castle, D. (2019). A systematic review of efficacy of Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS) in managing suicide risk and deliberate self-harm in adult populations. Australasian Psychiatry,
  • Moore, G., Wilding, H., Gray, K., & Castle, D. (2019). Participatory Methods to Engage Health Service Users in the Development of Electronic Health Resources: Systematic Review. Journal of Participatory Medicine, 11(1), e11474. 
  • Sankaranarayanan, A., Wilding, H., Neill, E., & Castle, D. (2018). A Critical Systematic Review of Evidence for Cannabinoids in the Treatment of Schizophrenia. Psychiatric Annals, 48(5), 214-223.
  • Knowles, S. R., Graff, L. A., Wilding, H., Hewitt, C., Keefer, L., & Mikocka-Walus, A. (2018). Quality of Life in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses—Part I. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24(4), 742-751.  | Detailed search strategies
  • Knowles, S. R., Keefer, L., Wilding, H., Hewitt, C., Graff, L. A., & Mikocka-Walus, A. (2018). Quality of Life in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Systematic Review and Meta-analyses—Part II. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 24(5), 966-976. 
  • Doyle, E., Simmance, N., Wilding, H., & Porter, J. (2017). Systematic review and meta-analyses of foodservice interventions and their effect on nutritional outcomes and satisfaction of adult oncology patients. Nutrition & Dietetics, 74(2), 116-128.  |  Detailed search strategies
  • Petty, S. J., Wilding, H., & Wark, J. D. (2016). Osteoporosis Associated with Epilepsy and the Use of Anti-Epileptics—a Review. Current Osteoporosis Reports, 14(2), 54-65. | Detailed search strategies
  • Phillipou, A., Rossell, S. L., Wilding, H. E., & Castle, D. J. (2016). Randomised Controlled Trials of Psychological and Pharmacological Treatments for Body Dysmorphic Disorder: A Systematic Review. Psychiatry Research, 245, 179-185. | Detailed search strategies
  • Sankaranarayanan, A., Mancuso, S., Wilding, H., Ghuloum, S., & Castle, D. (2015). Smoking, Suicidality and Psychosis: A Systematic Meta-Analysis. PLoS ONE, 10(9), e0138147.  |  Detailed search strategies

Published reviews acknowledging library staff:

  • Weiland, T. J., Ivory, S., & Hutton, J. (2017). Managing Acute Behavioural Disturbances in the Emergency Department Using the Environment, Policies and Practices: A Systematic Review. Western Journal of Emergency Medicine, 18(4), 647-661.
  • Day, K., & Petrakis, M. (2016). Family Interventions in Early Psychosis Service Delivery: A Systematized Review. Social Work in Mental Health.
  • Moore, G., Collins, A., Brand, C., Gold, M., Lethborg, C., Murphy, M., . . . Philip, J. (2013). Palliative and supportive care needs of patients with high-grade glioma and their carers: A systematic review of qualitative literature. Patient Education And Counseling, 91(2), 141-153.
  • Nelson, E. A., Dowsey, M. M., Knowles, S. R., Castle, D. J., Salzberg, M. R., Monshat, K., . . . Choong, P. F. M. (2013). Systematic review of the efficacy of pre-surgical mind-body based therapies on post-operative outcome measures. Complementary Therapies in Medicine(0).
  • Thakkar, V., Stevens, W. M., Moore, O. A., & Nikpour, M. (2013). Performance of Screening Algorithms in Systemic Sclerosis-Related Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension: a Systematic Review. Internal Medicine Journal,

Systematic review librarian

Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian

Carl de Gruchy Library, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne
+613 9231 2541

Literature Searching, Systematic Reviews, Mental Health liaison 
Thursdays, Fridays & alternate Wednesdays
Helen's profile | Researchgate | Orcid